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Revista de la Asociación Española de Neuropsiquiatría

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DESVIAT, Manuel. Symptom, sign and social imaginary. Rev. Asoc. Esp. Neuropsiq. [online]. 2010, vol.30, n.1, pp.125-133. ISSN 2340-2733.

The symptom acquires sense in the subject's biography, and it's made illness in the collective imaginary. From the symptoms that drew a clinical without anatomical representation, studying by Charcot in Salpêtrière, to fibromyalgia there is a long course of collective narratives. Each historical moment staged its representations, the mental illnesses, how to understand the family, the sexuality or the religious beliefs. Individuals tend to express discontent through meaningful ways to their own culture. There is no semiology of the mental illness building with non-behavioural signs, meaningless. We must escape from the trap of the DSM to work towards achieving a psychopathology to understand mental illness, allowing a clinical of subject in its diversity.

Keywords : psychiatric semiology; Mental illnesses imaginary.

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